The Basics According to CyberNews, hackers published the largest collection of passwords in history. There are more than 8 billion passwords that would have been exposed.
The biggest leak in history. According to Cyber News, hackers released a file containing more than 8 billion passwords. The 100 gigabyte text file named “RockYou2021” based on an earlier leak from 2009 called “Rock You” contains 82 billion entries.
According to Cyber News, the 8 billion were collected for years, then shared in a forum frequented by hackers. CyberNews counted exactly 8,459,060,239 unique passwords with a length of 6 to 20 characters. The “RockYou” database published in 2009 contained 32 million passwords.
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“RockYou2021” is a compilation of several data leaks, including the “COMB” (Compilation of Many Breaches) discovered last February. It contained 3.2 billion identifiers that made it possible to access websites such as Gmail, LinkedIn or Hotmail.
A search engine to see if we have been hacked
As L’Express reports, there are 4.7 billion Internet users worldwide. The leak could therefore potentially involve the entire global online population. “By combining 8.4 billion unique variations of passwords with other sets of security breaches that include usernames and email addresses, threat actors can use the ‘RockYou2021’ suite to launch attacks against myriad online accounts,” reports CyberNews.
However, the revealed passwords are not linked to identifiers. However, there are other ways that hackers can use to hack your accounts. CyberNews has set up a search bar on their website to check if your password has been leaked. You can also use another search engine to find out if your information, such as your email address or phone number, has been compromised.
To better protect your data, the website recommends changing your passwords, but also never using the same thing across multiple accounts or opting for a password manager who can create more complex ones.